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I am going to redo my vinyl this winter. I really like the look of the carbon fiber looking vinyl, but it seems like it would be a pain to keep clean. All of those little indents in the vinyl to trap dirt.
How hard is it to keep clean, I was planning on going with off white and graphite, 3with the bulk of it being white.
Has anyone had problems with the vinyl fading quickly?
Any info you can provide would be great..
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contact glassdave.. he did some kick ass vinyl work on a sled for me and used some of it.. I have not got it dirty yet though..
1st generation silver CF vinyl had fading issues when the BACK of your Sunbrella cover would get wet. For instance, if you put the cover on really quick after it just started raining. The waterproofing chemical destroyed the silver dye.
The CF vinyls are actually a weave of vinyl fibers that are glued to a solid backing. IMHO, they scratch and scuff very easily.
There is a newer material that is a pressed pattern vinyl. Craig Barrie was the first one that found the material about 2 years ago and put it in the Donzi ZRC factory boat. A few of us have kept our eye on that boat to see how the material has been holding up, and it still looks pretty good. We just put some of it in a redone interior on a 2007 AT and it looks great.
The newer generation CF vinyls are much better than the 1st generation stuff.
I did the newer pressed CF vinyl last year. I went with silver and black. You are right about keeping it clean. It takes a little more elbow grease to get everything out of the pattern. Not that big of a deal though. I suspect that the off white would require more attention when cleaning compared to colors though. But it does look great.....
My all carbon came from PPI and I have found that it cleans up easier I have had no issues over one season, just rember it will be darker than your original color...Here is the Differance in my old and the new
Redline, the new vinyl is silver though right not off white?
Give Mike at Fineline a call. We just finished formulating a vinyl cleaner and conditioner with a UV blocker exclusively for him, they have tested it extensively and it is an amazing product.
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